Pilots from the German airline Lufthansa have decided to strike for the second time within a week, according to the trade union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) on Monday evening. The strike is scheduled to last two days, starting from Wednesday.
According to VC, however, Lufthansa can avert the strike if the airline makes a “serious offer”. According to media reports, another negotiation meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.
The announcement comes just days after pilots paralyzed Lufthansa’s air traffic on Friday after negotiations over a new pay deal ended inconclusively.
“We deeply regret that the union continues on the path of escalation”, says a spokesman for Lufthansa after the announcement on Monday evening.
The all-day strike on Friday affected almost all German Lufthansa flights, resulting in stranded passengers and long queues at airports. More than 800 flights were cancelled, affecting around 130,000 passengers. According to the aviation giant, the strike cost the company 32 million euros, equivalent to just under 238 million kroner.
This week’s strike is scheduled to affect passenger flights from Germany on Wednesday and Thursday. Lufthansa’s cargo planes will also be affected on Wednesday. Lufthansa’s subsidiaries are not covered by the strike.
The strike comes in the wake of prolonged negotiations, in which the pilots have demanded a pay rise of 5.5 percent this year and automatic pay rises in line with inflation starting next year. Furthermore, there are concerns about how Lufthansa’s pilots will be employed in the future.
Lufthansa is Germany’s largest airline and in 2021 flew just over 46 million passengers on a total of 456,000 departures. The company has a total of approximately 60,500 employees in Germany, according to figures from the company’s website.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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